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Learning WordPress REST API

By : Sufyan bin Uzayr, Mathew Rooney
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Learning WordPress REST API

By: Sufyan bin Uzayr, Mathew Rooney

Overview of this book

The WordPress REST API is a recent innovation that has the potential to unlock several new opportunities for WordPress developers. It can help you integrate with technologies outside of WordPress, as well as offer great flexibility when developing themes and plugins for WordPress. As such, the REST API can make developers’ lives easier. The book begins by covering the basics of the REST API and how it can be used along with WordPress. Learn how the REST API interacts with WordPress, allowing you to copy posts and modify post metadata. Move on to get an understanding of taxonomies and user roles are in WordPress and how to use them with the WordPress REST API. Next, find out how to edit and process forms with AJAX and how to create custom routes and functions. You will create a fully-functional single page web app using a WordPress site and the REST API. Lastly, you will see how to deal with the REST API in future versions and will use it to interact it with third-party services. By the end of the book, you will be able to work with the WordPress REST API to build web applications.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Learning WordPress REST API
About the Authors
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REST API token-based authentication

Moving forward with developing REST APIs that require authentication, we will state that because the authentication itself will occur by some external service over HTPP dispense tokens will be used to avoid a repeated calling in the authentication service. In case you are debating using this method for basic HTTP Auth requests it is important to say that the advantage of a basic Auth solution is that you don't have to make a full-round request to the server and back before the requests for content can begin. These tokens can potentially be a lot more flexible and it will seem more appropriate to use the OAuth authentication in some contexts. Going further with authentication, it is important to say that base auto has the better advantage that it is a good solution at a protocol level, which means that BaseAuth user agents will recognize a password as one, preventing them from caching it.

The server load of Auth is going to dispense a token to the user instead...